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Bob Duff
Location: Windsor, ON
Joined: 11.10.2014

May 13 @ 8:32 PM ET
Bob Duff: Kaski's Agent Makes It Official Todd Diamond, agent for Oliwer Kaski, confirms the Finnish defenseman will sign a one-contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
porkchops1977
Detroit Red Wings
Joined: 07.23.2013

May 15 @ 10:17 AM ET
impressive stats
gergeswillems
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Malkin wants to be The Man, ON
Joined: 02.01.2016

May 15 @ 10:43 AM ET
Bob Duff: Kaski's Agent Makes It Official
Todd Diamond, agent for Oliwer Kaski, confirms the Finnish defenseman will sign a one-contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

- BobDuff

Todd Diamond. Strong porn name.
Feds91Stammer
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Yzerplan time, FL
Joined: 02.01.2012

May 15 @ 11:32 AM ET
impressive stats
- porkchops1977

31 point 82 game pace for NHL based on NHLe

Probably an outlier season though. Dude has never had a year close to this one.
porkchops1977
Detroit Red Wings
Joined: 07.23.2013

May 15 @ 1:32 PM ET
31 point 82 game pace for NHL based on NHLe

Probably an outlier season though. Dude has never had a year close to this one.

- Feds91Stammer


When a defenseman leads the team in scoring, especially goals (35% more than the closest forward), thats a pretty good season. How it translates to the NHL, I have no idea. Just saying he had an impressive season.

https://www.eliteprospect...icans/2018-2019?tab=stats

Sven22
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Joined: 12.24.2007

May 16 @ 10:12 AM ET
When a defenseman leads the team in scoring, especially goals (35% more than the closest forward), thats a pretty good season. How it translates to the NHL, I have no idea. Just saying he had an impressive season.

https://www.eliteprospect...icans/2018-2019?tab=stats

- porkchops1977


No question he had a great season -- no one is disputing that. The relevant question is whether or not it's repeatable. In short, is this his "new normal" and he's just a late bloomer, or was it a fluke?

I don't have nearly enough information to answer that question, but the fact that he really hasn't shown any signs of this level of play before this season is at least a little worrisome.

As for translating his career season to the NHL, the rough estimate based on NHLe is about 0.38 ppg at the NHL level. (This is the NHLe, or NHL equivalency, which Feds referenced, and it's based on previous players who jumped from Finland to the NHL and what happened to their scoring rates after the switch.)

Now, caveats. (1) Every player is different, and NHLe works with averages. So an individual player may end up much better or worse than the average expectation. (2) I suspect, though haven't done enough research to claim, that NHLe might be more accurate for forwards than defensemen.

But if we take that 0.38 ppg as the "best guess" approximation, that would put Kaski around the 60th best defender in the league offensively. So maybe a strong second pairing guy, depending on his defensive aptitude.

And again, that 0.38 ppg also assumes his career year is not a fluke, which it very possibly is.

In short, keep your expectations low. There's a chance he could be a late-blooming solid NHLer, but I think it's more likely we're getting Libor Sulak 2.0. Still, I'm all onboard for a "free" prospect. No risk, high(ish) potential reward.
Vladdie_Kon1
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Joined: 04.21.2007

May 19 @ 12:34 AM ET
I'm pretty happy with this signing. Low risk with high reward potential. Let's face it... other than Hronek and Cholowski our current defensive prospect pool in this organization is very thin. There isn't anybody I've seen in Grand Rapids that's going to make any impact in Detroit. This organization is starving for young defensive talent (especially at an elite level). At worst, this kid is probably going to be a very good AHL player most likely. A couple articles I read somewhere stated there were multiple NHL teams that wanted to sign him so that's encouraging.

I'm really hoping (but not optimistic) that Byram will somehow be available for the Wings #6 pick. Hughes, Kakko, and Podkolzin are almost certainly going to get picked as the top 3 in my opinion. The #4, #5 is where I think Byram may be picked. Getting Byram in the draft would be a huge boost for this team's rebuild.